Welcome to the site. there is quite a lot here for you to spend time on if you're interested – music, lyrics, scripts, photos, a great and active forum. We have regular news updates for fans and downloadable biographical information for those of you who are music presenters in need of program content. As always, though, I hope you will come to know me first through music. All the albums I have made or to which I have contributed are catalogued. Surprises too, and more to come. Thanks for stopping by. -KE
January 23rd, 2017
Kurt Elling is a walking jazz machine who's utterly in command of his many talents, and who dispenses them with complete ease on the stage. This award-winning, much-lauded singer has recently been collaborating with the Branford Marsalis Quartet, fusing his style to their hard bop approach to music-making. The...
January 20th, 2017
Although Branford Marsalis famously spent 1985 to 1987 with Sting and played with hundreds of singers during his four-year run as musical director of The Tonight Show, only two of the 29 CDs and DVDs that he lists in the jazz section of his website discography feature vocalists. One is the 1992 album I...
January 17th, 2017
Perhaps my most played new album last year was "Upward Spiral," a brilliant collaboration by two formidable mid-career veterans, Branford Marsalis and Kurt Elling, solidly in the tradition of such classic team ups as Cannonball Adderley and Nancy Wilson, and even more so, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman. Their central...
December 6th, 2016
On December 6 when the 59th annual Grammy nominations were announced, Upward Spiral (OKeh Records/Sony Music Masterworks), by the Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Kurt Elling, was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Jazz Vocal category! Every track on Upward Spiral confirms the beyond-category strengths of both the...
November 25th, 2016
On November 25, 2016, Live From Lincoln Center on PBS television presented the internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang and his love letter to New York, the city he considers his adoptive home, set to the music that helped make this city so famous. This very special one-night only concert was performed at...